John 15:7-8 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
"If ye abide in me…." If we are born again, we do abide in Christ. If Jesus had said that and that alone, we would have had it made, but He continued, "And my words abide in you."
Jesus' words abide in us in the measure that they govern our lives and in the measure that we act upon them.
If Jesus' words abide in us, we are bound to have faith, because the Bible says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). It would be impossible for Jesus' words to abide in someone and for that person not to have faith! Unbelief and doubt are a result of ignorance of the Word of God. If we live the Word, then when we come to pray, that Word dwells in us so richly that it becomes Jesus' Word on our lips. It will be as if the Father's words were on the lips of Jesus.
Confession: I abide in Christ, and His words abide in me. I hide His words in my heart. I believe them. I pray them. When I come to prayer, the Word that dwells in my heart becomes God's Word on my lips, and it cannot return to God void. It will accomplish what it promises!
Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Let's back up a few verses:
Psalm 107:17-19 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
God had said this to the Israelites:
Exodus 23:25-26 Walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and I'll take sickness away from the midst of thee. The rest of your days will be fulfilled.
But they were foolish. They sinned and broke their covenant with God. They took themselves out of the protection of God--out of His healing power. Verse 18 says that they drew near to the gates of death. They were almost dead. Then they cried unto the Lord for help and He saved them! Isn't God wonderful to help them even though they were foolish enough to sin and do wrong, even though they got outside of His covenant and blessings? The mercy of God is so wonderful! God had mercy on them. He sent His Word and healed them!
Confession: God sent His Word and healed me. Therefore, I no longer have sickness. He sent His Word and healed me. Thank You Lord for Mercy.
Isa. 43:26 "Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
"Put me in remembrance." What does God mean by that? It means that we are to remind God of His promises about prayer. When you pray, stand before the throne of God and remind Him of His promises. Lay your case legally before Him, and plead it as a lawyer. A lawyer is continually bringing up law and precedent. You bring up God's Word. Bring up His covenant promises.
The margin of my King James reference Bible says "set forth thy cause" as another meaning of "declare thou" in this verse. God is asking you to bring His Word, to put Him in remembrance, and to plead your covenant rights. This is a challenge from God to lay your case before Him! If your children are unsaved, find scriptures that cover your case. Then lay the matter before God. Be definite in your requests. Find scriptures that definitely promise you those things you need. When you come to God according to His Word, His Word does not fail.
Confession: I accept the challenge of the covenant-keeping God! I put God in remembrance of His promises. I plead my case. I set forth my cause legally. I find scriptures that cover my case, and I lay the matter before God. I come according to God's Word, and God's Word does not fail!
Let's Declare that we are getting people saved. Declare what you need from God until it comes to pass.
John 3:15-21 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Don't you just love these scriptures? God so "agape" us. Unconditional love. Jesus said He didn't come to point out our sins but to save us from them, and to take our place. Can anyone really understand salvation fully? It is almost an endless truth. We still have a responsibility to hate the darkness in the world and be a light. A light for all to see, so they can experience the love of an incredible Savior. I love the Lord and what He has done for me and is continuing to show me in my own life.
Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is quick or alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit"
The Word of God is not just a book! It is not just a black leather book you carry to church on Sunday and then leave on the coffee table the rest of the week. His Word has been recorded in a book, but the Word itself is what God has said and is saying to you, personally! That's powerful. That means the Word of God is alive and working every time you put it to work. That's because God's Word is His bond.
You've heard people say that about others: "A man's word is his bond." That means a person's word is the measure of his character. If a man honors his word by keeping it, then he is an honorable man. If he dishonors his word by breaking it, he is a dishonorable man. Like it or not, everyone's integrity--including God's--is judged on the basis of whether or not he keeps his word. No doubt, that statement would ruffle the feathers of a few religious people. "Who do you think you are," they'd say, "to set up a standard by which to judge God?" I didn't set it up! God did. He is the One Who taught us to judge integrity on that basis. He invented the integrity of words. He set the standard.
God and His Word are one--not because we say so, but because He said so. He has made it clear that we cannot separate Him from His Word. Just as He never changes, His Word never changes. They are both the same--yesterday, today, and forever. That means that if you've been believing God for something based on His Word, you can rest assured He is faithful to keep His Word. He won't fail you. His Word is alive; it is working for you every time you speak it and act on it in faith.
So stand up strong today. Put your trust in Him. Don't cave in to doubt or despair. Remember, His Word is as good as His bond.
Speak the Word: God's Word is alive and full of power. It is active, operative, energizing and effective in my life. I have resurrection power on the inside of me
2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
"I believe I'll try that." It won't work if you just try it. I don't just try it, I do it!
Just because someone sees a traffic policeman exercising his authority doesn't mean that person can run out in front of the cars, thinking, "I believe I'll try that." No one would obey them. Now, if they would put on a policeman's uniform and put a whistle in their mouth, people would stop. They would recognize the authority behind the policeman.
Believers sometimes hear how someone else used his or her authority in Christ, and they think, "I'll try that because I heard him say it. It worked for him, so it will work for me." Satan knows they are not convinced of their authority, and when they try to act on God's Word without really having the Word built into their spirits, and without having the solid foundation of it built into their lives, the devil will defeat them soundly.You have to deliberately take authority in every area of your life: spirit, soul and body. When you've built a foundation of the Word of God in you, and you act on God's Word, you'll defeat the devil in every combat!
Confession: I study to show myself approved unto God. I build the truths of God's Word into my life and spirit. I am convinced by God's Word of my authority. I cannot be defeated. And the devil knows it!
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
No man in his right mind would speed down the highway at 100 miles an hour past flashing red lights and signs that said, "Danger! Danger! Bridge Out!" But a man who was drunk or on drugs would.
Likewise, no man in his right mind would go through life and plunge off into eternity and hell, lost. But people do it. The devil has them doped and blinded. In the case of some people's salvation, we have to realize it is the devil who has people bound and is keeping them from being saved.
So say, "Satan, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I break your power over "so and so's" life, and I claim their deliverance and salvation." We do not have control over human wills, but we do have control over evil spirits that bind and blind men. I'm convinced this is an area we're going to know more about and take advantage of in the future.
Confession: The god of this world will not blind the eyes of my loved ones, because I will take the Name of Jesus and break his power over them!
Psalm 32:7 "Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."
In this day and time, trouble seems to surround us on every side. If it's not a failing economy, it's a failing business, a failing marriage, or failing health. Yet, in the midst of seemingly overwhelming problems, God has promised to deliver us.
Let me give you a word of advice though. If you want God to be God of your trouble, then you must let Him be God of your heart. God honors those who honor Him. So if you're facing some problems today, don't just start kicking and screaming and begging Him to save you from them. Honor Him by going to His Word and doing what He says you should do.
Psalm 34 is a good place to start. It says, for example, that you should seek God (v. 4). As you seek Him, He will deliver you from the things that threaten you. Secondly, it instructs you to cry out to the Lord. He will save you out of all your troubles (v. 6). Next it tells you to fear the Lord. If you don't know how to do that, verses 11-14 will tell you exactly what you need to know: You must keep from speaking evil and deceit; depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Remember, if you want God to be God of your trouble, let Him be God of your heart. When you do that, all of heaven will get involved in your deliverance, and your triumph will be guaranteed.
Confession: I am casting all of my cares on Him because He cares for me. All of my needs are met I am whole and well, in Jesus Name.
Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in Acts 2:1-31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church". It was when God our Father sent back the Holy Spirit, after Jesus ascended into Heaven, to endue the disciples with power. That same Pentecost power is available to us today.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
John 14:11-13 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater worksthan these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
These and other scriptures in the New Testament are emphatic that we can and should do the things that Jesus did, and more. Somehow, when you teach this to the church, many think you are being sacrilegious, saying, "How dare you talk like that!" They think you are a blasphemer! They don't understand that it's not you or me doing the work, but the Holy Spirit. It worked the same way for Jesus when He was born as a man, but the Body of Christ, in general, has missed most of the meaning behind the power of the Resurrection!
It's time we attempt to step into the True Power that was demonstrated by our Lord. We need to be in prayer and fasting and conform our charter to that of our Heavenly Father. We need to be about His work--all God has called us to be and to do. Let's win the world by confirming our words with signs and wonders following. (Mark 16:20)
Arise, Church and let's win the world one person at a time, one city at a time, one state at a time!
Glory to our Resurrected Christ!
Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
(See also Eph. 2:5-6; Eph. 1:3. We are already seated in heavenly places, in Christ.)
You have to take your place there to enjoy the heavenly blessings promised to you. The believer whose eyes have been opened to his throne rights in Christ may: (1) Accept his seat, and (2) Begin to exercise the spiritual authority that seating confers on him.
The devil bitterly resents our entrance into his domain. He has been used to exercising authority and ruling over someone's life, so he will concentrate his forces against us when we come into these mighty truths. No truth encounters such opposition as the truth of the authority of the believer!
The only place of safety is to be seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all principality, power, might, and dominion. If the believer abides steadfastly, by faith, in this place, he cannot be touched by the enemy. So take your seat in heavenly places and keep it!
Confession: I set my affection on heavenly facts. I keep myself mindful that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places far above the enemy.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.